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Blue Bunting

Cyanocompsa parellina

Family Cardinals
In dense thickets and woodland edges of Mexico and northern Central America, this dark bunting is fairly common. In our area it is a rare and irregular visitor to far southern Texas, mostly occurring in winter. It has very rarely strayed farther up the Texas coast, once reaching Louisiana.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
Lives of North American Birds

Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Songs and Calls
Call note a hard click or chink. Song a variable warble, sweet but slightly melancholy, swee slee lee.